LGBT Freind Ted Kennedy Dead at 77

Aug 26, 2009 | Posted by: Paulathesurfmom | Full story: lezgetreal.com

Senator Edward Kennedy, the liberal lion of US politics and long time friend to the LGBT community, died this morning at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts after a long struggle with brain cancer.

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ennedy is one of only a handful of senators to originally proclaim their support for same-sex marriage rights when he voted against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996.

He was also a leader in expanding hate crimes and employment legislation to include sexual orientation and gender and was one of the lead sponsors of the Inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the Senate earlier this month.

“The promise of America will never be fulfilled as long as justice is denied to even one among us,” Sen. Kennedy said when speaking about ENDA. “The Employment Non-Discrimination Act brings us closer to fulfilling that promise for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens.

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund said in a statement Kennedy was a fighter for LGBT rights.

“Good men serve others but great men take care to serve the least fortunate,” Victory Fund President and CEO Chuck Wolfe said. “Senator Kennedy was a great man. He made a career of fighting for the poor, for women, for racial minorities, and for basic human rights for LGBT Americans. Senator Kennedy’s life was marked by generosity and a legendary tenacity that earned him the respect of his colleagues and the affection of the public he served… But he will always occupy a special place in the hearts of LGBT Americans, who saw in him a fierce champion for their full equality.”
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Jorge

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Aug 26, 2009
 
What was Kennedy's stance on gay rights?

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Aug 27, 2009
 
Daniel P from Long Island wrote:
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Greed: insatiable desire of Democrats to obtain wealth/property from people who actually work for a living, and give to the welfare queens who drive around town in Cadillacs attending Al Sharpton-organized events.
Republicans do the same thing. Look at all the parasites who work for the government.
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Aug 28, 2009
 
You made it Ted - To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause

And I know if I'll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

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Aug 29, 2009
 
He was a bum. I'm glad he's dead.
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Aug 29, 2009
 
Well Daniel, for starters, glad you can hear so hear this!! Everyone is entitled to an opinion and you do not have to agree. I have the right to express mine without you so rudely telling me to GFM!! You should now learn to LISTEN and RESPECT other's thoughts, ideas, and opinions. They do not have to agree with yours. I do not happen to respect Ed Kennedy. I do agree that he did much good but regardless of how many goods things that he did, it does not erase the fact that a young girl lay drowning in his car clawing at the liner trying to escape. He saved himself and left her to die. He went home, passing houses and a fire station where he could have gone for help. He did not. He tried to get his cousins to take the blame Reported the accident the next day. Too late for Mary Jo. Read the book Teddy Bare. In closing I will once again say that you should learn to respect other people's opinions. You do not have to agree, but you also do not have to call names.

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Aug 29, 2009
 
I see why gays love him. He was the "daddy" they never had. Teddy was a murderer, and gays murder too. So they identify with him.

What's sad about this scenario is that gays think Teddy loved THEM. Yeah. He loved their VOTES. He really loved their campaign contributions. Just like he loved black votes and contributions...but did you ever see a black man at the Kennedy compound? I didn't. Ever see poofters out on his yacht with him? I never did.

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Aug 29, 2009
 

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My sympathy to his family but...

Let us not get carried away and ascribe sainthood to a man who used the power of the Kennedy Dynasty to get away with; serving a full term in the Armed Forces, behaving badly and failing in college, murdering a woman and then obtaining a position in our government.

In his personal life he was an obese alcoholic womanizer.

When all is said and done, he did more harm than good in his life. His vices outstripped his virtues. His bad deeds out numbered his good works. He was a typical child of privilege.

We can all have sympathy for his family regarding his death, but we do not need to magically erase his bad past to do so.

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Aug 29, 2009
 
If Ted cared so mush for the poor, instead of writing laws that require middle-class Americans to give their hard-earned money to the poor thru taxes, Ted could have REALLY shown that he cared by giving his OWN millions ot the poor. But he wouldn't do tat, would he ? He rather order everyone else to give their money away.

HE WAS A BUM !

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Thank God only Taxachusetts wanted him !

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Aug 31, 2009
 
STR8 wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah! I can't swim and ol' Teddy also pushed for lifejackets in automobiles.
A 40 year old conversation: Oh, by the way, I drove off a bridge last night and there was a young woman in the car with me. If it's not too much trouble, could someone go check on her when they have a moment?
Good riddance, scumbag!
LOL

I agree.

His death didn't come soon enough for me.

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